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October 14, 2020

Immigration under Tump: backlogs and courts independency
By Gabby Del Valle

Officials in the Trump administration, including the president himself, have often claimed that they’re working to reduce the massive backlog of immigration court cases, which hovered around 500,000 in late 2016. Under Trump, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Department of Justice agency that runs the nation’s immigration courts, has implemented a number of policies ostensibly intended to chip away at the backlog by expediting cases. Rather than reducing the number of pending immigration cases, however, the Trump administration has ensured that the backlog ballooned further. In 2019, the total of active immigration cases surpassed 1 million, according to data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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